Introducing the Facebook Sports Stadium
*And the crowd goes wild*
Just in time for the Super Bowl, Facebook has launched the Facebook Sports Stadium for Facebook friends or foes (depending on the fixture) to like, follow and comment on the progress of a sporting event, all in real-time, all within the confines of Facebook.
Social is changing the way we watch sport
With 83 per cent of sports fans checking social media while they watch ‘the game’ and social publications like The Bleacher Report thriving off sports-fans' continual appetite for pre, during and post-match information — this seems the logical next step for Facebook.
The largest stadium in the world
With a capacity of 650-million sport-loving Facebook users, the Facebook Sports Stadium is a magical place - well it’s kind of a place, in that it exists only when a particular sporting event is happening and you choose to search for that event within Facebook - that you can visit from the privacy of your own home, workplace or sports bar.
Someone should see if Twitter is OK
This giant new feature reminds us of a more deliberate, polished and supremely executed version of Twitter’s Live search function. Except better.
Live events and real-time updates are why Twitter is still here. If Facebook rolls out an Oscars or MTV Music Awards Theatre then it might just spell the end for the mircro-blogging platform.
What can you expect when you arrive at the Facebook Sports Stadium?
- Posts from your friends, and their comments on plays
- Posts and commentary from experts, like teams, leagues and journalists, with easy access to their Pages
- Live scores, stats and a play-by-play
- Game info, like where to find the game on TV
While the feature is currently only available to sports fans in the United States Facebook says the it will continue to evolve in line with user feedback and viewing habits if Facebook users worldwide.
Here's a sneak peek: